Monday, December 27, 2010

Vintage Disney

Look at the cool Christmas presents that my daughter gave to me.  She gave me a vintage Disneyland pennant and an antique tin Disney water color paint set. I need to flatten the pennant out a litte, but it is in great shape. The paint set was made in the 50's and still has the paints in it.  It is in very good condition and even has an "inspected by" tag under the paints.  I am lovin' my cool gifts!

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Dog Christmas Cookies

When you are doing your holiday baking, don't forget your furry family and friends.  Here is an easy recipe for dog treats. 

2 Cups whole-wheat flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1 cup peanut butter (I used chunky, but either is can even use all natural peanut butter if you like)
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 375'F.  In a bowl combine flour and baking powder. In another bowl mix peanut butter and milk.  Then combine both bowls and mix all ingredients well. Place dough on floured surface and roll to 1/4 inch thickness.  Use cookie cutters to make shapes.  Bake on parchment paper lined cookie sheet for 20 minutes or until lightly brown.  Cool then store in air tight container.

If you want to decorate them, use peanut butter chips.  Just melt them in the microwave and then spoon into a piping bag.  Remember NOT to use's bad for our fur babies.

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Christmas Baking

It has been a busy month and the big day is almost here.  I am glad too, because I am tired. LOL.  Christmas shopping, school parties, gift wrapping, cleaning....and baking. As much as I love it, I am just about baked out.  Give me a few weeks and I'll be ready to go again.  Here are some of the yummy treats I have made this month.
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Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Mail

I did a Secret Santa swap with some of the Crafty Crew and I got my package in the mail a few days ago.  Thank you Kim for all of these wonderful goodies!!  Check out the adorable snowman bracelet - it is too cute.

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Christmas Cards

My friend Patty hosts a card making classes at her house.  I love it because I can go there and make cards without having to think up designs myself...she does that for you.  These are the cards we made for Christmas. Aren't they cute?  The first two are my favs.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Paper Trees

I was inspired by Chez's paper trees on the Crate Paper blog.  The great thing about these little trees is that you can make look however you want.  Go simple, or totally bling them up!  They are also great little gifts for your paper crafting friends.

 You need some paper cones, adhesive, 12 x 12 pattern paper, and the Martha Stewart fringe scissors.  Just so you see how inexpensive this project can be, I got the paper 4 for $1.00 and the paper cones were $3.50 with 4 in a pack.  That is about $1.12 for one basic tree.
My cones have a little hole at the top, so you will want to cover it before you get started. 
Cut strips of paper at 1 1/2 inches by 12 inches.  Then make the fringes with the Martha scissors.
Start applying the strips at the bottom of the cone and work upward.  Leave a little hanging off the bottom on the first strip.
After you cover your cone, fluff your fringes and add some ornaments....or what ever you like.  I think they are even cute without decorations.
If you don't have the Martha scissors, you may like the way they made the paper trees that were on the cover of the Scrapbooks etc. magazine too.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Disney on Ice Goody Bags

Tonight my Girl Scout troop will be going to see Disney on Ice - Princess Classics. I know the girls will want to buy everything they see, so I have made goody bags to help control the begging.

I found Disney princess lunch sacks for $1.00 per pack and there are 20 in each pack.  In the lunch sack each girl will get a home made princess crown cookie, Disney princess silly bands ($1.00 per pack), 2 glow bracelets (20¢ each), a princess wand (12¢ each), and a patch for their vest that came with the tickets.  That is less than $2.00 per girl for a souvenir.  That sure beats one item bought there for $15!
I know it's not "from scratch", but the Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix is pretty good and saves some time.  I did make the royal icing though.  To add a some sparkle to the cookies I sprinkled a little disco dust on them and added some edible pearls and beads.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Apron

I made these little "Mom and Me" aprons using the Simplicity pattern #2492.  It was very easy.  I love the vintage print on the fabric.  It is by Alexander Henry and is called "Angel Cakes".